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Dean Vestal receives Burton Award for Legal Writing

May 27, 2011

Dean Allan Vestal recently won a prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing. The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, established in 1999, operate in association with the Library of Congress and its law library.

Vestal, along with co-author William Callison, is one of only 30 nationwide recipients honored with the legal writing award this year. Recipients are selected by a board of professors, deans, and judicial scholars from the submissions received from 1,000 of the largest law firms in the United States.

Callison, a partner with Faegre & Benson, and Vestal won for their article titled "The LC3 Illusion: Why Low Profit Limited Liability Companies will not Stimulate Socially Optimal Private Foundation Investment in Entrepreneurial Ventures."

“Dean Vestal leads by example with his ongoing publication of articles and books,” said John Edwards, associate dean for information resources and technology at Drake. “For a dean to teach and write while fulfilling his many other responsibilities clearly communicates the importance of research and writing. The Burton Award is a great honor for the dean and for Drake.”

Published in the fall 2010 issue of the Vermont Law Review, Vestal and Callison’s article discusses developments in state legislation regarding business entities that facilitate investments in ventures that are both socially beneficial and for-profit. Vestal, Callison and other Burton Award winners will be honored at a recognition ceremony on June 13 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Vestal, who joined Drake's faculty in 1999, received his bachelor's degree and law degree from Yale University. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the author or co-author of more than 30 law review articles and several book chapters, primarily in the area of unincorporated business associations.